December 17, 1990

‘THE PERSIAN EXCURSION’ 3435
COVER

‘THE PERSIAN EXCURSION’

In the brassy glare of the Persian Gulf sun, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sam Gatenby sat on the missile deck of the Canadian naval supply ship Protecteur squinting at a selfhelp book called Personality Plus. The 29-yearold naval weapons technician from Port Hope, Ont.
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BUSINESS WATCH

Destroying Canada in order to save it

Brian Mulroney’s long-overdue pledge last week to establish a joint SenateHouse of Commons committee that would try to fashion a new approach to amending Canada’s Constitution may be too little too late. In the six months since the death of the Meech Lake accord, Quebec’s position has hardened so dramatically that it brings to mind the famous explanation by a U.S.
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BOOKS

A sumptuous season

For many people, the holiday season provides a few days of leisure, a rare chance to curl up with a gorgeous book and feast the eyes and mind. This year’s selection of sumptuous gift books ranges from an escapist excursion into China’s Huang Shan Mountains to a disturbing look at Canada’s remaining wilderness areas.
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COLUMN

A blazing gun and aching bones

May you live, goes the old Chinese curse, in interesting times. There's another dire prediction, passed down by the wise men. It is that you achieve the object of your dreams. It is, a laugh, too true. A broken-down tennis player, who has wanted all his life to go to a tennis ranch, is finally in his sunset years given the opportunity.
Elusive truths 5051
AVIATION

Elusive truths

For five years, Dr. Douglas Phillips, a Florida pathologist, sought answers to the mystery that haunts his life: what had caused the Dec. 12, 1985, crash of a chartered Arrow Air DC-8 only 20 seconds after takeoff from Newfoundland’s Gander airport.
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OPENING NOTES

Theatre director Guy Sprung, whose firing by the Toronto-based Canadian Stage Company earlier this year created a national controversy, has been suffering harsh criticism in the Soviet Union. Last month at Moscow's Pushkin Theatre, Sprung directed a production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream that received scathing reviews in the local media.
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SPECIAL REPORT

FADE TO BLACK

For James Ring, it was like losing a close friend. Last week, as the 57-year-old Newfoundland fisherman grieved over the CBC’s decision to cut his favorite television program, Land and Sea, Ring told Maclean ’s that he had faithfully watched the weekly, half-hour public affairs program since it first aired in 1964.
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National Notes

A ‘reasonable limit’

John Connell says that he simply wants to work. In 1973, at 52, the retired army major began a second career as a $12,000a-year administrator at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A widower and father of two grown daughters, Connell often worked weekends without pay.
THE HOPE AND THE HEARTACHE 3031
COVER/ESSAY

THE HOPE AND THE HEARTACHE

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National Notes

In search of Canada

They met behind closed doors in a Winnipeg hotel last week—with a clear appreciation of the difficult task ahead of them. For the members of the Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future, the agenda for last week’s meeting required them to design a strategy for consulting Canadians on the country’s future and for distilling those views into a report by July 1, 1991.
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BUSINESS

A COSTLY STANDOFF

For Gerald Finn, last week’s superheated round of world trade talks in Brussels was a frustrating climax to almost three years of hard work. The director of government relations at petrochemical giant Nova Corp. spent five hectic days in the Belgian capital, pressing Canada’s case for freer trade in chemical products.
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WORLD

THE PRICE OF UNIFICATION

The Germans call it Gemütlichkeit, a sense of warmth and cordiality. And after last week’s elections, their first as a unified nation since 1932, they had good reason to feel that way. Behind them lay the excitement and upheaval of a year in which they rushed headlong from East-West division to a historic reunification.
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